Do you go for speed or comfort? In this guide we compare the Adidas Takumi Sen 8 to the Adidas Adios Pro 2.
What Is The Difference Between Adidas Takumi Sen 8 And Adidas Adios Pro 2?
The Heel Difference
There is a slight heel drop difference – with the Adidas Adios Pro 2 coming out 6mm higher, in theory giving slightly more propulsion / responsiveness.
The support cushions either side of the achilles on the Takumi Sen 8 shoes is a little more pronounced, making the back of the shoe a little more rigid.
Both shoes feature a lightstrike cushioning foam wedge that is embedded into the heel. The boost foam compound provides energy return from heel strike through to the toe-off phase of the gait cycle.
It features hundreds of visible energy capsules that store and unleash endless energy every time your foot hits the ground, meaning that every step is charged.
When your heel hits the floor, the boost particles compress and store kinetic energy; as you transition through to mid-stance, the boost particles relax and release their stored energy, which propels you forward with an explosive take-off.
The Celermesh uppers on the the Adidas Takumi Sen 8 designed to be super breathable has been upgraded on the Adios Pro 2, to ‘Celermesh 2.0’ which has internal reinforcements to provide a secure lockdown fit. It is also made from recycled materials as part of Adidas commitment to end all plastic waste.
The Adidas Takumi Sen 8 has a perforated tongue for extra breathability and also for cutting down on weight. The lacing on the Adidas Adios Pro 2 is slightly more offset than the Takumi Sen 8 and the tongue comes up a little higher onto the ankle.
The outsoles of these two shoes are very similar; both using Continental rubber to supply traction on varied surfaces.
However, the Adidas Adios Pro 2 have slightly more grip on the treads than the Takumi Sen 8 shoes.
The shape of the outsole at the heel area is slightly different with the Adios Pro 2 having a cut away centre – I am not sure what impact this will have on grip – it may be a design feature to cut down on weight (although the Adios Pro 2’s are still 49g heavier than the Takumi Sen 8).
The Midsole Difference
Both shoes use Lightstrike cushioning foam in the midsoles designed to spare your joints whilst also propelling you forward to provide you with explosive movement.
The major difference is that the Takumni Sen 8 running shoes, (unlike the Adios Pro 2) don’t have carbon rods.
These ENERGYRODS provide lightweight stiffness and limit energy loss. The addition of these rods is also likely to be the main reason the Adios Pro 2 shoes are heavier than the Takumi Sen 8.
The Weight Difference
The Adidas Adizero Takumi Sen 8 are 185g and the Adidas Adios Pro 2 are 234g.
The Stack Difference
Adizero Takumi Sen 8 has a drop of 6mm (Heel 33mm, forefoot 27mm) and the Adidas Adios Pro 2 has a drop of 9mm (Heel 39mm, forefoot 30mm).
- The Takumi Sen 8 feels more like a old school traditional racing shoe built for speed rather than the comfort of the Adios Pro 2.
- The Adios Pro 2 has more cushioning than the Takumi Sen 8 and is more responsive.
- The Adios Pro 2 is more suited to longer races like the marathon but is versatile enough it can equally be used for short races like 5K and 10K.
- The Adios Pro 2 is 49g heavier than the Takumi Sen 8.
In conclusion, the Adios Pro 2 will give you a more responsive cushioned feel and may be slightly harder wearing on the uppers. But if you want the lightness of an old school racing shoe and the Takumi Sen 8 may be for you.
Where To Buy
Adidas Takumi Sen 8 | Buy from
Adias Adios Pro 2 | Buy from